Charleston native, Stephen Washington is arguably one of the most skillful piano virtuosos of his time. Born to musical parents, it’s no surprise to hear that his first instrument was the drums at age 5. He began to teach himself the piano at the age of 9 and has been playing at his dad’s church since the early age of 11.
Stephen’s musical journey continued throughout his teenage and early adult years playing for the College of Charleston’s Gospel choir and other local gospel singers and groups. He has been privilaged to play for national recording artists Cee Cee Winans, Gospel mega star Tarvis Greene, American Rock band Hootie and the Blowfish, and many other notable artists across genres.
Stephen has traveled extensively throughout the world to include countries such as Madrid, Spain and Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia spreading the healing power of music to the masses. His passion for music has always been at the forefront of who he is and outside of his boundless musical capabilities, he’s most known for his abilty to be a phemonemal band leader while maintaining a consitant team player attitude.
Today, Stephen can be found as the Musical Director for powerhouse vocalist and fellow hometown celebrity, Quiana Parler (Ranky Tanky) and her legendary band; Quiana Parler & Friends. He is a keyboardist for American Idol Season 11 finalist, Elise Testone, the Black Diamond Band, BlackNoyze band, the Zandrina Dunning Experience, and is a member of Nashville singer/songwriter Patrick Davis’ Midnight Choir. Stephen also writes and produces for several other musical projects both locally and nationally.
When asked what he appreciates most about being able to play music he stated that “Music has the ability to make people communicate without speaking.” “It’s its own language that is understood by everyone.”